[OS X TeX] BibLaTeX and archival (a la jurabib)

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Wed Dec 17 09:36:54 CET 2008

On 17.12.2008, at 09:23, Rolf Schmolling wrote:

> Hi,
> since i started this row some month ago (no response on the list  
> then) I'd like to elaborate a  bit what I'd expect.
> Actually the "problem" is still present, I am currently still using  
> jurabib, basically for two reasons: I know how this particular  
> package works … – no modifications of the really complicated code –  
> some things I have not been able to accomplish like a better manage  
> of the archival-type entries.  The other reason is that my  
> references (kept in BibDesk) are set up for jurabib.

Just to make you feel more at easy: I also moved from jurabib to  
biblatex and I also use BibDesk, so the transition certainly can be  
> Simon and Dominik have promised that many things are easier to  
> accomplish, like multibib-functionality and formatting of  
> references. Furthermore since jurabib is not developed any more  
> this is a dead end. I do believe them but…  1) setting things up is  
> a lot of work (learning, changing the references (field and such  
> alike) testing 2) most important learning to write a NEW entry-type  
> (archival) which I believe is not trivial. So I am still shying  
> away from that huge effort.
> In fact, I rather like the manual to be 175pages (but so far the  
> manual I have seen was much much shorter?!) I just recently  
> installed and updated TexLive2008 (wow that was easy!) and as far  
> as I know BibLaTeX was not part of this (hint hint: please include  
> this  as the beta could be kept updated easily with the new package- 
> Manager!!) so maybe I missed the long long manual. I have to admit  
> I am not the programmer- or mathematical inclined type, writing  
> macros is too much for me. So I ultimately don't know if I will be  
> able to achieve my goal here – in the end it is to finish my thesis  
> – not be perfect with LaTeX/Bibtex/BibLaTeX/jurabib etc.

The latest version of biblatex (0.8b) does indeed come with a 175  
page manual, so you might want to check your version. As for the  
inclusion of biblatex into TL: Philipp Lehmann has specifically asked  
distributors *not* to bundle biblatex at this point. I think who  
wants to wait until version 1.0.

As for your specific needs. Do you actually need a new document type  
for this or can this be done with 'unpublished'? Or can you post a  
tpyical example and how it should look like so I can wrap my head  
around it?

If you really can't do it with 'unpublished', it might be a good idea  
to post a feature request on http://sourceforge.net/tracker/? 
group_id=244752 . Philipp has been very responsive to user requests.


Simon Spiegel
Steinhaldenstr. 50
8002 Zürich

Telephon: ++41 44 451 5334
Mobophon: ++41 76 459 60 39


„I have never been certain that the moral of the Icarus myth is, as  
is generally accepted, 'don't fly too high', or whether it might also  
be thought of as: 'forget about the wax and feathers, and do a better  
job on the wings.“ Stanley Kubrick

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://tug.org/pipermail/macostex-archives/attachments/20081217/7adf94e2/attachment.html>

More information about the macostex-archives mailing list